What you must know about Protein

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A first class source of Protein should be consumed with every meal. Many and varied eating disciplines subscribe to this theory, but why?

Protein is really important because it plays a number of structural roles in the body (importantly the maintenance of your muscle mass). It’s also essential to the formation of antibodies, enzymes, and hormones, and it helps you balance your blood sugar. And as if that’s not enough, it keeps your metabolism running strong.

Our bodies don’t store protein, so we really must eat some every day for protein to be able to do its work.

Role of Protein in the body

Protein helps to balance your blood sugar levels. This is a really key point, and it’s a good idea to have some protein with breakfast every day (your blood sugar is particularly “fragile” after fasting overnight). If you struggle with sugar cravings- or cravings for any type of carbohydrates, really- then cutting back on refined carbohydrates and having some protein at breakfast (and then spread out through the day) should make a big difference. Having enough healthy fat in your diet will help you balance your blood sugar, as well.

How much protein should you eat at breakfast and your other meals/snacks?

Information will vary from 15-30 grams of protein at meals and about half that amount when snacking. The variables include your size, sex, level of activity etc. If you are eating a lot less protein than this and you’re not feeling great, you should definitely try adding more protein to your diet throughout the day and see how you feel.

Please note that this article is not recommending a high protein no carbohydrate diet. Simply adding protein to your daily meals. It is an unhealthy practice to exclude macronutrients from your diet. The human population has never suffered more since trying to exclude quality carbohydrates and fats from our eating. (that’s a whole other article)